I thought it would be an excellent idea to give you the lo down of my favourite restaurants in Dublin. If your thinking of visiting Dublin or you have booked your plane ticket already and are planning your trip I have listed some restaurants below that I have been too that I love and always go back to.
1. Rustic Stone by Dylan McGrath
By far my favourite of them all, it never disappoints! Simple food with a nice twist is how I would describe the recipes on offer. The steak is amazing, the fish is amazing and also they do a great variety of cocktails here too which is always a plus for a date night or even a meal before a night on the town. It is a bit pricey but worth it for the tasty food. You can find them on 17 South Great Georges Street in Dublin 2.
2. Balfes in the Westbury Hotel
Balfes has a nice little setup beside the Westbury hotel just off Dublin’s main shopping street- Grafton Street. They have a wide variety of food, and as a steak lover I really enjoyed the fillet here as it was cooked perfectly to my liking. The service was great and I definitely want to try their brunch as I heard that it is just as amazing as their dinner menu.
Another restaurant for steak ( you can see I am a meat lover) this restaurant specialises in steak and is quite pocket friendly. If you are here on a weekday you can head there for lunch and get steak and chips for just €10! And the steak is really amazing so it’s definitely a must on my list. They are based in Dublin 2 on South William Street.
4. Elephant and Castle
Based in Dublin’s tourist haven, Temple Bar, Elephant and Castle has in my opinion the best chicken wings in town. I had other food here before and it was delicious but the chicken wings are a must here in my opinion. On the weekend it can be very busy so I would advise to book in advance. The portions are quite generous too which is a bonus!
5. Milano Pizza
While this is a chain restaurant I still highly recommend it as it is the best pizza I have had in Dublin and I have had a lot of pizza as it’s one of my favourite dishes. The restaurants are bright and airy with an excellent selection of pizza to suit all tastes. It’s also very pocket friendly so it’s great for a cheap enough dinner that will fill you up! They have many locations around the city such as Clarion Quay, Temple Bar, Dawson Street in Dublin 2 and also at the Grand Canal to name a few.
6. Toss’d Noodles and Salads.
Based in the IFSC in Dublin 1 just by Connolly station this is an excellent little Asian fusion spot in the CHQ building and is perfect for lunch. The chilli basil beef is a favourite of mine and they also do a daily curry special so there is a different curry on offer each day which you can check via twitter on their twitter page in advance. Keep in mind it only opens on weekdays as the CHQ closes on the weekend.
Another Asian fusion spot on my list. This little restaurant is based in Ballsbridge near Baggot Street in Dublin’s south side. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from Grafton Street so not too far away. The Thai green curry is one of the best I have had in Dublin and they also have an amazing sweet and sour chicken dish.
8. Hard Rock Cafe Dublin
I have a love for Hard Rock Cafe and always go to one whatever city I travel to (if they have one). They have an excellent menu with many choices and the food is always cooked to perfection. The service is also fun and cheerful which is a bonus here. You can find them in Dublin’s Temple Bar.
9. Eddie Rockets Diner
This place is great for a quick bite to eat while shopping. With a real 1950’s diner theme the food is always delicious and I love going there. The menu is full of chicken wings, burgers and hotdogs so it’s great if your looking for that type of food. There are many in areas in the city such as O’Connell Street in Dublin 1 and South Anne Street which is just off Grafton Street.
I couldn’t leave it off the list. Specialising in spicy chicken it is a great little spot that is also pocket friendly. The restaurants have a nice theme and the chicken is very high quality. Many different spices are available to suit every pallet and if your not into spicy food they also have alternative dishes available on the menu. Their are two in Dublin’s City Centre- One on St. Andrews street which is near Grafton Street in Dublin 2 and another on Mary’s Street which is near O’Connell Street in Dublin 1.
I hope to add a lot more restaurants to this list soon and hope if you go to my suggested restaurants you have a great time and enjoy the food as much as I do.
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